Red-tagged Bulacan farmer found dead in Laguna — rights group

Published February 5, 2021, 7:09 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

A farmer from Norzagaray, Bulacan was reportedly found dead in Laguna on Friday (February 5) three days after he supposedly went missing, a rights’ group said.

(photo from KMP)

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) in a Facebook post identified the victim as Rommy Torres, a member of Samahan ng mga Magsasaka sa San Mateo, who allegedly experienced being “red-tagged.”

As of Friday afternoon, his remains are yet to be recovered by his family, KMP told Manila Bulletin.

Manila Bulletin sought for confirmation and other details from Laguna Police. It has yet to respond.

The peasant group said Torres went missing in the early morning of Wednesday after he went out for harvest.

It was believed that “paid goons” were behind his abduction and killing, KMP added.

KMP also said that Torres had been receiving threats against his life since 2019 and was allegedly harassed by various individuals.

The group in a statement said it “strongly condemns” the killing of Torres, which was allegedly done for the sake of the perpetrators’ personal interests.